Three Records Fall for Women's Swimming and Diving on Night Three of NEWMAC Championship

Three Records Fall for Women's Swimming and Diving on Night Three of NEWMAC Championship

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2018 NEWMAC Championship 

- Results: 1st of 10 teams - 866 points - After Day Three

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT women's swimming and diving team broke three records on the third night of the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, hosted inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool in Cambridge.

Freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) set NEWMAC meet records in the 100-fly and 100-breast, respectively, while the 200-medley relay team comprised of Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.), Chen, Allen and Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) broke the MIT, NEWMAC meet and NEWMAC open records to close the session. Chen's time in the 100-breast was also a new MIT program record.

MIT leads the field by 178.5 points with 866 points as Wheaton College is second with 687.5 points. Springfield sits in third at 507.5, along with WPI in fourth (474), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (409.5), Wellesley (302.5), Clark (182), Smith (180), Mount Holyoke (176) and Babson (144).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Allen matched her exact time from this morning's swim in the 100-fly to break the NEWMAC meet record and earn an NCAA "B" cut as well as the conference championship with a time of 55.47, while Chen took nearly three-tenths of a second off her time from this morning's swim in the 100-breast as she clocked a time of 1:02.58 for an NCAA "B" cut and the league title.

- Allen and Chen teamed up with N. Wu and P. Wu in the session's final even, the 200-medley relay, as the quartet smashed the NEWMAC meet, NEWMAC open and MIT records with a time of 1:43.45, which was over a second faster than this morning. The "B" relay team of freshmen Caroline Kenton (West Chester, Pa.), Sarah Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), Nina Levine (Bedford, Mass.) and sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) won the "B" final in a time of 1:47.85.

- The Engineers swept the top three spots in the 100-breast and the 400-IM tonight. Behind Chen in the 100-breast was P. Wu in second with an NCAA "B" cut of 1:03.51 and Nicholas in third with an NCAA "B" cut of 1:04.20. Additionally, freshman Danielle Fang (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) took 19th in 1:10.59 in the 100-breast. In the 400-IM, freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) won the league title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:28.45 and was followed sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) with a time of 4:34.15 for second place and Pan with a time of 4:36.69 for third place.

- Behind Allen in the 100-fly was Levine in fifth with a time of 58.80 and sophomore Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) with a time of 58.89.

- Kenton earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors with her swim in the 100-back as she clocked a time of 57.90 and was followed by N. Wu in fourth (59.15) and junior Clare Wieland (Lake Forest, Ill.) in tenth (1:00.10).

- MIT rounded out the highlights tonight with four swimmers in the two heats of the 200-free. Junior Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.), senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) and freshman Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.) competed in the championship final with times of 1:54.80 (fifth), 1:55.51 (seventh) and 1:55.87 (eighth), respectively. Sophomore Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) competed in the "B" final and finished 14th overall in 1:58.55.

PRELIM HIGHLIGHTS:

- During prelims this morning, the Engineers registered six NCAA "B" cut times. Allen clocked a time of 55.47, which marked a new meet record in the 100-fly, and Thielking registered a time of 1:52.22 in the 200-free. Nicholas (1:04.24), P. Wu (1:04.07) and Chen (1:02.84) all hit "B" cuts in the 100-breast, while Kenton, Chen, Allen and P. Wu earned a "B" cut in the 200-medley relay.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the NEWMAC Championship. Events tomorrow include the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, the 1-meter dive and the 400-free relay. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and finals start at 6:00 p.m.

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